Whatever the activity — be it exercising, commuting, or working, good music goes a long way in keeping you focused and motivated. Here are our top picks of new tunes to check out this month.
“Certified Lover Boy”
Canadian rapper Drake is back this year with “Certified Lover Boy.” His sixth full-length studio album release features guest appearances from the likes of 21 Savage, Future, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug and more. Despite feeling like a very familiar and overlong journey through the mind, heart and life of Drake, the new album still manages to provide melancholic good beats and well-crafted lyrics.
For instance, its lead single, “Way 2 Sexy,” reached the Billboard Hot 100, making it the ninth U.S. number-one song of Drake’s career.
Kanye West unveiled his tenth solo studio album, “Donda,” at a sold- out listening event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which was livestreamed to fans all over the world via Apple Music. As a special album dedicated to his mother, this long- awaited record boasts a Jay-Z feature, as well as appearances by Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and many more. Track-wise, the album comes with 27 songs totalling approximately one hour and 48 minutes. In the end, “Donda” feels like West’s plan to recapture his golden years.
The mighty rock and metal icons Iron Maiden have announced their 17th studio album titled “Senjutsu.” Uniquely, the album announcement was preceded by an animated video for the first single, “The Writing On The Wall,” based on a concept by lead singer Bruce Dickinson with two former Pixar executives. As the first compilation of new material in six years from the band, it’s safe to say that this is their strongest offering in some time with tracks like “Hell on Earth” or “The Parchment.” Overall, for a band that’s been out for 40 years, this is purely heavy metal at its finest.
Lil Nas X
The debut full- length studio album release for rapper Lil Nas X, titled “Montero,” features guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Elton John and Megan Thee Stallion. When you listen through the entire album, the “Old Town Road” hitmaker proves that he’s much more than a one-hit-wonder with an emotional, raw and honest album.
A good case in point is his single “That’s What I Want,” with lyrics that about his desire for love, which is often a struggle to nd as a gay black man. If anything, the 15-track rookie album showcases that Lil Nas X has a very bright future ahead of him.
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